GoPro, maker of rugged wearable and gear mountable cameras, has announced the release of its new HD Hero2 camera. Twice as powerful as GoPro's original HD Hero camera, the HD Hero2 enables consumers and professionals to capture and broadcast 1080p HD video and 11 megapixel photos.
The HD Hero2 surpasses its predecessor with several technology upgrades. Its new processor delivers twice the processing power, taking full advantage of a new high performance 11 megapixel sensor that delivers more than twice the image detail along with improved low light performance. In addition to a reportedly much improved low light performance, the HD Hero2 can capture up to ten 11 megapixel photos in a one second burst mode as well as automatic time-lapse photos with quick 0.5 second timing between photos. GoPro also placed a priority on redesigning the HD Hero2's user interface for simple ease-of-use and features a new, straightforward language-based user interface that eliminates the need for instructions.
With the arrival of GoPro's new Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote products slated for release this winter, the HD Hero2 will enable video remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote, smartphones and devices, tablets and computers as well as enabling live GoPro video broadcast from anywhere there is Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot.
The HD Hero2 sells in three configurations, an Outdoor Edition, a Motorsports Edition and a Surf Edition, each containing the necessary mounts for particular genres of use or activity. The HD Hero2 is backwards compatible with all existing GoPro mounts and accessories.
Pricing and availability
The HD Hero2 is available at GoPro's online store, specialty retailers around the world, and at Best Buy for a suggested retail price of $299.99.